Navigation Aid Problem Report
TVA and the United States Coast Guard work together to keep buoys, daymarks and other Tennessee River system navigation aids accurate and in excellent condition. Navigation aids on the commercial navigation channel are maintained by the Coast Guard, while those on the secondary channels and tributary reservoirs are maintained by TVA.
If you see a navigation aid that is damaged, out of place, missing, or not operating properly, please make a selection below and complete the form to notify us.
Main River Navigation Aids Maintained By U.S. Coast Guard
To report problems with the navigation aids above, click here.
Secondary Channel and Tributary Reservoir Navigation Aids Maintained By TVA
To report a TVA maintained navigation aid, please use this online form.
A Guide to Navigation Aides on the Tennessee River System
There are many different traffic signs along the Tennessee River waterway to help boaters navigate safely. These vary depending on whether they are located along commercial navigation or secondary channels of the Tennessee River or on tributary (storage) reservoirs. Here's a guide to navigation aids—such as buoys, lights, daymarks and fingerboards—on the commercial and secondary channels, as well as on the tributary reservoirs.
Collisions by boats, wave action, vandalism, and other factors make maintenance of navigation aids a continuous task for TVA and the U.S. Coast Guard. For this reason, boaters should not rely on any single aid to navigation for determining their position, particularly buoys.